Every vote counts.
Last year, NASA launched a competition in which it asked students from across the United States to send essays with name suggestions for the Mars 2020 rover. Last week, the agency narrowed down the list of proposals to 155 (from over 28,000), including nine the winning name will be chosen by public vote in which everyone can take part and which is ongoing now!
The names that went to the final stage of the competition are Courage (courage) Clarity (transparency), Endurance (endurance) Perseverance (perseverance), Fortitude (fortitude), Promise (promise) Vision (vision) ingenuity (ingenuity) and Tenacity (tenacity). On the voting page, an essay was placed under each of them, in which the name was proposed. In these essays, the children were to justify why this Mars rover should be given this and no other name.
There are less than 6 days left to the end of the vote. You have until January 28 until 6:00 am Polish time to select your favorites from the proposals presented. NASA will present the final name of the rover in March this year. The agency reserves, however, that it does not have to be the name that wins the competition. However, when making decisions, NASA will take it into account.
To vote, go to this address. Regardless of whether the winning name will be the final name of the rover or not, its author will receive an invitation to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. From there, he will be able to admire the launch of a rocket that will carry the vehicle into space.
When the Mars 2020 rover reaches the surface of the Red Planet, it will have many tasks to accomplish. The vehicle will, among other things, look for traces of life on it, take rock and soil samples, and conduct research to help NASA prepare for future human exploration of the planet.